2019 Past Events

Free Japanese Cinema Screening, December 17, 2019

Millennium Actress

 (87mins, 2001)

Directed by Satoshi Kon


Wednesday, January 8 @7PM
Free Admission, NO Registration REQUIRED


Experience the gorgeous new restoration of what many believe to be Satoshi Kon’s (Perfect Blue, Paprika) greatest work. Boasting countless awards, including the Grand Prize in the Japan Agency of Cultural Affairs Media Arts Festival, which it shared with Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away.


Free Japanese Cinema Screening, December 17, 2019

Perfect Revolution

 (117mins, 2017)

Directed by Jumpei Matsumoto


Wednesday, January 22 @7PM
Free Admission, NO Registration REQUIRED

A romantic film based on the true story of activist, Yoshihiko Kumashino, who raises awareness of the sexuality of disabled people through lecturing and event activities. The film is written and directed by Jumpei Matsumoto.


Japanese Workshop: Samurai Acting, December 04, 2019

tuesday, January 28, 2020
Free Admission

Challenge yourself in a sword fight performance that you’ve seen in Samurai movies and on stage! Japanese actor group “Burai” will teach you basic samurai movements, how to use the sword, and speech manners.  All participants will perform sword fighting while exchanging dramatic lines in Japanese! No language or acting experience is necessary.   

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Spirit of Japan: “Shinto & Gagaku”, November 18, 2019

Lecture & Demonstration

monday, november 18
FREE ADMISSION, Registration required

Shinto is a religion indigenous to Japan, which has been kept as a part of Japanese life for more than a few thousand years.  Shinto priests from Meiji Jingu will come to Los Angeles and give an introductory talk about Shinto.  They will also perform Gagaku –traditional music- with three musical instruments.  You will have a great chance to try playing the instruments yourself with their guidance.

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Special Workshop, November 09, 2019

Make Instagrammable Onigiri – And Eat It Too!

this event is full

The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles is proud to support TABLE FOR TWO 2019 Onigiri Action campaign. This year, we are teaming up with Sylvia Gunde (Instagrammer/food blogger) to show you pro-tips on how to take yummy and Instagram worthy food photos with your smart phone. Afterwards, you will be able to create unique and delicious onigiri (rice balls) with healthy ingredients and also participate in #OnigiriAction, which is a campaign that will donate school meals all around the world to children in need. 


JFLA Butoh Series: Butoh Workshop by Dance Maestro Mushimaru Fujieda, November 08, 2019

All Leveles Welcome

This Event Is Full.

The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles invites world famous Butoh dance maestro, Mushimaru Fujieda from Japan and has the Butoh workshop. Workshop contains movements with BREATH, changing energy forces, facial expressions, movements from traditional Japanese arts and performance as a group. All levels welcome.


Workshop: Action in Japanese!, November 01, 2019

learn natural japanese through acting
friday, november 1, 7pm
Free admission, reservation required

By playing a role, using gestures and facial expressions, acting is a fun way to learn natural Japanese!
In this workshop, Japanese actor, Naoyuki Ikeda, will teach you how to react like Japanese people in natural settings, and how to speak spontaneously using basic Japanese phrases  as well as quoting actual phrases from popular Japanese movies.. This workshop is designed for beginning Japanese learners and we welcome those who have no experience at all!

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Double Feature Night, October 28, 2019

Wednesday, November 27
"GON, THE LITTLE FOX"  (28mins, 2019)
Directed by Takeshi Yashiro

"Orphans' Blues"  (89mins, 2018)
Directed by Riho Kudo

Free Admission, NO Registration REQUIRED

(GON, THE LITTLE FOX) This stop-motion animated short film is one of the contenders for 2019 Academy Award. Original story from Nankichi Niimi’s masterpiece children’s story.

(Orphans' Blues) Winner of Pia Film Festival’s 2018 Grand Prize, director Riho Kudo’s debut is an arthouse drama marked by beautifully expressive cinematography and daring narrative experimentation.


JFLA Lecture & Demonstration, October 25, 2019

The Art of the Onnagata:
An Evening with Kabuki Actor Kyozo Nakamura

Wednesday, November 13 @7PM
Free AdmissioN. registration required
This Event is Full.

The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles presents dynamic lecture and demonstration with a celebrated Onnagata (actor specializing in female roles), Kyozo Nakamura. Kabuki is known for elaborate characters played by an all-male cast. The program includes a short lecture introducing the basics of male and female acting in Kabuki by Mr. Nakamura and professor Ryuichi Kodama (Waseda University) and there will be a demonstration of Kabuki dance classics such as “Fuji Musume” (Wisteria Maiden).


'Words Can't Go There' Live!, October 16, 2019

Monday, November 4 @9PM (Door Open: 8PM)
(123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St #301, Los Angeles)
3rd floor of Weller Court
This Event is Full.

Japanese “shakuhachi” flute master and subject of a new documentary, John Kaizan Neptune will be performing in Los Angeles. He will be performing his greatest hits that span decades and transcend any one genre of music.


Lecture & Demonstration: Samurai Spirit Alive, October 15, 2019

This event is Full.

Ogasawara Kiyomoto will discuss the 850-year history of the Ogasawara school of Archery, Horse Archery and Etiquette. He will show the beautiful equipment and clothing used in ceremonial demonstrations in Japan, and he will explain about the practices of his school and how they pertain to daily life in the modern era.


JFLA Butoh Series: Photography Exhibition, October 11, 2019

A Tribute to Tatsumi Hijikata's "Yameru Maihime (Ailing Dancer)"
November 5 - November 27, 2019

Mon-Fri: 10am-7pm, Sat: Noon-5pm
11/12, 13: 10am-3pm
Closed on Sundays and Veteran's Day(11/11)

Venue:The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles
Admission: FREE

Six well-known Japanese Butoh dancers brought to life the ghosts rising out of the legendary essay “Yameru Maihime (Ailing Dancer)”, written by Tatsumi Hijikata in Akita, where the story developed during the years 1935-1938.The photo book was published in Japan last year in order to celebrate the 90th anniversary of Hijikata's birth and to pay tribute to his unprecedented work. The photos were taken by Masahiko Taniguchi who has worked closely with many Butoh dancers in Japan. This exhibition will feature a selection from Taniguchi’s photo book, which has never been shown in the U.S. before as well as some of archival images of Hijikata.


JFLA Lecture Series, October 03, 2019

In Conjunction with LACMA's Every Living Thing: Animals in Japanese Art Exhibition

Trotting to Paradise: The Animal in the Art of Japan

Thursday, October 3, 7pm
Admission free, registration required

Through December 8, 2019, LACMA hosts an exhibition entitled, Every Living Thing: Animals in Japanese Art. On display, animal imagery dating from the 6th to the 21st centuries treats themes such as zodiac animals, animals from nature, the supernatural, and religion, myth and folklore, work or leisure. In turn, this lecture will explore the broad application of animal themes to express ideas ranging from sacred power, geomantic direction, virtue or vice, seasons and poetry, then empirical observation and contemporary expression.


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Japanese Conversation Cafe: Tea Time, September 29, 2019

Sunday, september 29

Free admission, register now

Our popular event "Tea Time" is coming to Torrance!  Let's get together and chat with native Japanese speakers. All levels are welcome! Japanese language experience is not necessary- this event is open to everyone.  After this event, please enjoy the Japanese cinema screening "MIRAI" at the same location.  

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Free Weekend Japanese Cinema Screening, September 24, 2019

Speak Low
(110mins, 2018)

Directed by Akira Yamamoto


Saturday, October 26 @2PM
Free Admission, NO Registration REQUIRED

This film depicts a man and woman who cannot draw their vision with unarticulated anxiety of future. Sara and Ryo, a young, unmarried couple in their late twenties, leave Tokyo to spend a few days of their paid holidays in Atami, a tourist town of faded splendor.



Free Japanese Cinema Screening, September 24, 2019

Our House
(80mins, 2018)


Directed by Yui Kiyohara


Wednesday, October 23 @7PM
Free Admission, NO Registration REQUIRED

In this thriller, two different storylines about a girl who has lost her father and a woman who loses her memory intersect in the same house. Yui Kiyohara made this graduation film at Tokyo University of the Art's graduate school with mentorship from directors Kiyoshi Kurosawa and Nobuhiro Suwa.


Free Japanese Cinema Screening, September 23, 2019

Nobody to Watch Over Me
(118mins, 2009)

Directed by Ryoichi Kimizuka

Wednesday, October 9 @7PM
Free Admission, NO Registration REQUIRED

A deep drama depicting the fears of a modern day society, it portrays the distress of the family of a juvenile criminal and the conflicts of the detective ordered to protect them. A film by Ryoichi Kimizuka, the writer and director of "Bayside Shakedown" series.


Free Weekend Japanese Cinema Screening, September 23, 2019

(106mins, 2018)


Directed by Toru Kamei


Saturday, October 12 @6PM
Free Admission, NO Registration REQUIRED

A film adaptation of the TV series which depicts the journey of a middle aged man with a two-month old puppy in search of his mother who has run away from home. The film has a rich lineup of established actors from TV dramas, films and stage performances under their belts, including Jiro Sato who stars in this film.


Free Japanese Cinema Screening @SMC, September 23, 2019

(66mins, 2018)

Directed by Yoko Yamanaka


Friday, October 18 @7:00PM
Santa Monica College Main Campus, Humanities and Social Science Building (HSS 165)
(1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica)
Free Admission, NO Reservation REQUIRED

Born in 1997, Yoko Yamanaka's debut film was achieved through her own efforts at the end of her teen years. Assembling the cast and staff through social media, the witty story of a complicated girl's romantic escapade created a stir. Invited to the 68th Berlin International Film Festival, the film has also played at festivals all over the world.


Free Japanese Cinema Screening, September 01, 2019

(96mins, 1954)

Directed by Ishiro Honda

Wednesday, September 25 @7PM
Free Admission, NO Registration REQUIRED

Godzilla (a.k.a. Gojira) is the roaring granddaddy of all monster movies. It’s also a remarkably humane and melancholy drama, made in Japan at a time when the country was reeling from nuclear attack and H-bomb testing in the Pacific.


Free Japanese Cinema Screening, September 01, 2019

Pop in Q
(95mins, 2016)

Directed by Naoki Miyahara

Saturday, September 21 @1PM
Free Admission, NO Registration REQUIRED

Young girls stand up to face a global crisis in this fantasy anime commemorating the sixteenth anniversary of Toei Animation. Miyahara Naoki, who has worked on the "Pretty Cure" series among others, directs.


Every Living Thing: Animals in Japanese Art, September 01, 2019

September 22, 2019 - December 8, 2019 
LACMA, Resnick Pavilion (5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles)


Every Living Thing: Animals in Japanese Art celebrates one of the most distinctive and compelling aspects of Japanese art: the depiction of animals. Underpinned by Japan's unique spiritual heritage of Shintō and Buddhism, the Japanese reverence for nature—and the place of animals within that realm—is expressed in sculpture, painting, lacquer-work, ceramics, metalwork, cloisonné, and woodblock prints.


This exhibition is co-organized by the Japan Foundation, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington with special cooperation from the Tokyo National Museum. This exhibition is part of Japan 2019, a series of events highlighting Japanese arts and culture in the U.S. throughout 2019.

For more information, please visit the LACMA’s website.

Free Japanese Cinema Screening, August 27, 2019

The Travelling Cat Chronicles
(118mins, 2018)

Directed by Koichiro Miki

Wednesday, September 11 @7PM
Free Admission, NO Registration REQUIRED

Road movie adaptation of the bestselling novel by author Hiro Arikawa, whose works "Library Wars" and "Evergreen Love" have already been turned into movies. Evergreen Love and Anonymous Noise director Koichiro Miki depicts the journey of a boy and cat who share a strong bond.


Free Japanese Cinema Screening, August 23, 2019

(98mins, 2018)

Directed by Mamoru Hosoda

Sunday, September 29 @2:00PM (Door Opens @1:00pm)

@Torrance Cultural Arts Center, James R. Armstrong Theatre
(3330 Civic Center Dr., Torrance, CA 90503)

Free Admission, No Registration Required

Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation & The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles present acclaimed director Mamoru Hosoda's (Summer Wars, Wolf ChildrenMIRAI, a daringly original story of love passed down through generations. 2019 Academy Award Nominee for Best Animated Film, and the epic capstone of director Hosoda’s career, MIRAI is a sumptuous, magical, and emotionally soaring adventure about the ties that bring families together and make us who we are.


Workshop: Japanese for Travel, August 22, 2019

Thursday August 22, 2019 7pm
Venue: Japan House Los angeles

Do you have plans to go to Japan in the near future?  If so, we will get you prepared!  You will learn helpful travel tips from a tourism specialist from a JNTO (Japan National Tourism Organization) tourism specialist, and essential Japanese phrases from our Japanese language course instructor.  We will demonstrate Japanese social etiquette, too, so you won't be just a "stranger" in Japan.  This workshop is suitable for beginners and those with no experience at all.

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Free Japanese Cinema Screening, August 20, 2019

The Night is Short, Walk On Girl
(92mins, 2017)

Directed by Masaaki Yuasa

Wednesday, August 28 @7PM
Free Admission, NO Registration REQUIRED

From the visionary mind of director Masaaki Yuasa (Mind Game, Adventure Time‘s “Food Chain”) directs this animated film adapting Morimi Tomihiko's identically titled novel, a comedy about one epic night in Kyoto.


J-LEAP (Japanese-Language Education Assistant Program), August 15, 2019


Interested in a grant opportunity which brings a young assistant teacher from Japan to help strengthen and enhance your Japanese language program? J-LEAP (Japanese-Language Education Assistant Program), co-administered by Laurasian Institution and Japan Foundation, is currently in its tenth year and is now accepting applications from host schools for the 2022 cycle!

Read more about it here!


Japanese Calligraphy Performance, August 13, 2019

Performer/Instructor: KOKA

Saturday, August 24, 2pm
Free Admission, Registration required

KOKA, a Japanese calligrapher based in New York, will have performance at the Japan Foundation, Los Angels. She has cross country trip from New York and Los Angels is the last destination.

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3 Days of Kyoto Animation Film Screening, July 31, 2019

Thursday, August 8 @7pm    "A Silent Voice" (2016)
Friday, August 9 @7pm     "Liz and the Blue Bird" (2018)
Saturday, August 10 @6pm    "Sound! Euphonium - Our Promise: A Brand New Day" (2019)
Free Admission, NO Registration REQUIRED

*We accept donation for Kyoto Animation during these screenings.

Kyoto Animation, which has been produced animated works that inspired and influenced many anime fans around the world. They were viciously and senselessly attacked and many of their staff lost their lives or deeply injured. People around the world has sent their hearts and prayers to them. The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles will have 3 days of film screening showing their recent works to cheer and pray for them.  


Real Geisha, Real Stories 2019 West Coast Tour, July 31, 2019

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 7pm-8:30pm  
Portland Japanese Garden (611 SW Kingston Ave., Portland, OR)

Thursday, September 5, 2019  2:15pm-3:35pm
Santa Monica College, Main Stage, Theatre Bldg.
(1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica)
Admission: FREE

Thursday, September 5, 2019  4:30pm-5:30pm
Santa Monica Pier
Free Public Event

Thursday, September 5, 2019  7pm-9pm
Edgemar Center for the Arts (2437 Main St., Santa Monica)

Friday, September 6, 2019  1:45pm-4pm
SuihoEn Japanese Garden (6100 Woodley Ave., Van Nuys)

Friday, September 6, 2019  6pm-9pm
Storrier Sterns Japanese Garden (270 Arlington Dr., Pasadena)
*Admission: $100 General, $90 Garden Members

The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles proudly presents three authentic geisha performers from Kyoto, Japan, along with geisha expert Peter MacIntosh for a series of extraordinary cultural events during their inaugural U.S. West Coast tour. Through dance, music, lectures and film, they will be introducing the beauty and mystery of Kyoto's "flower and willow world." This will be a rare opportunity to meet with real geisha and learn the history and continuing traditions of ancient Japan.


Performing Arts JAPAN 2020-2021, July 30, 2019

Call for Applications
Deadline: October 31, 2019

Application for Performing Arts Japan (PAJ) touring and collaboratrion grants for the 2020 – 2021 fiscal year is now open. Application deadline is 5:00 p.m. EST, October 31, 2019.


Workshop: Watoji-Art of Japanese Bookbinding, July 27, 2019

Saturday, July 27
sold out

We are happy to offer this popular fun crafty workshop co-presented with Hiromi Paper Inc.once again!

In this workshop held in conjunction with our Manga Hokusai Manga exhibition, you will learn classic Japanese bookbinding technique using fine quality washi (Japanese paper) and linen thread from book artist Rachel Curry.


Outdoor Movie Night: Japanese Cinema Month, June 20, 2019

@THE SOURCE OC1st Floor Step Plaza
(6940 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, CA 90621)

Friday, July 5 @7:30pm    "A Letter to Momo"
Friday, July 12 @7:30pm    "MIRAI"
Friday, July 19 @7:30pm    "Pop in Q"
Friday, July 26 @7:30pm    "Godzilla"(1954)

Free Admission, No Registration Required

Outdoor Movie Night at The Source presents Japanese Cinema Month! Every Friday in July, we will be showcasing popular Japanese films, anime and Kaiju films. Movies will start at 8PM and will be screened at the 1st floor Step Plaza at The Source.


Free Japanese Cinema Screening @SMC, June 13, 2019

Miss Hokusai (90mins, 2016)

Directed by Keiichi Hara

Friday, June 28 @7:00PM
Santa Monica College Main Campus, Humanities and Social Science Building (HSS 165)
(1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica)
Free Admission, NO Reservation REQUIRED

From award-winning director Keiichi Hara (Colorful) and Japanese powerhouse Production I.G (creators of Ghost in the Shell) comes a remarkable story of the daughter behind one of history’s most famous artists.


Video Series: Go Mike-san!, June 11, 2019

The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles's (JFLA's) popular video series, Go Mike-san! (Ganbare Mike-san!), is now in its 3rd season!
In these entertaining educational videos, Mike-san tries his best to navigate the ambiguous Japanese cultural and language-related situations he finds himself in working at JFLA.  You can always find new episodes on our Facebook and Instagram.  Now all past episodes are listed and available to view on our website.  Let’s check it out!


This is My Japan Video Project, June 04, 2019

What is your Japan?   We think Japanese culture no longer belongs only to the Japanese nation, but has become a global asset that anybody in the world is entitled to enjoy on their own terms. So many different aspects of Japanese culture are here to inspire your senses, enlighten your mind, engage your own creativity, and encourage your learning. In other words, Japan is yours.  Please tell us about your Japan!


15th Hakuho Japanese Research Fellowship, June 03, 2019

Hakuho Foundation is now accepting applications for the 15th Hakuho Japanese Research Fellowship.

The Fellowship invites leading international researchers of the Japanese language, Japanese language education, Japanese literature and Japanese culture to Japan to conduct residential research.

In providing residential research opportunities, the Fellowship aims to further strengthen the base of international research into Japan and to deepen the understanding of Japan.

1. Fellowship period:

   Long-term (12 months): September 1, 2020 - August 31, 2021

   Short-term (6 months): September 1, 2020 - February 28, 2021 (Round 1), or

   Short-term (6 months): March 1, 2021 - August 31, 2021 (Round 2)

2. Schedule:

   Application period: June 3 - October 31, 2019

   Notification: late March 2020

Applications will be accepted online beginning with the 15th Fellowship.

For further details, please visit our website or contact us at the address below.

Application Guide/ Online Application Form:


Activity Report [Yokogao]

- providing an introduction to the research and daily life of our Fellows


Exhibition Preview, April 22, 2019

Mini Lectures:
Old Man Mad About Painting: An Introduction to the Art of Katsushika Hokusai
May 1 @7:30pm & 8:00pM (Lectures)・7:00pm - 9:00pm (Preview)
Admission: FREE
*Click here to register

*Light Refreshments will be served.

Before the formal opening of the exhibition on May 2, we invite everyone to preview and celebrate it together. We will have two short lectures, "Old Man Mad About Painting: An Introduction to the Art of Katsushika Hokusai" with Japanese art historian, Meher McArthur (Academic Curator, Scripps College, Claremont and Creative Director of the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden, Pasadena) to help us understand the world of Hokusai art. You will be one of the first people to watch and enjoy this wonderful exhibition.

JF Nihongo Spring 2019, April 20, 2019

April 20 - June 29

Study Japanese this spring!  People interested in learning Japanese at JFLA will have three beginner-level Japanese-language courses.  In each class, students will learn concepts and communication skills which are essential to having a well-rounded understanding of everyday Japanese! 


JFLA Lecture Series 60, April 18, 2019

Cherry Blossoms Odyssey
Lecturer: Naoko Abe

Thursday, April 18, 7pm
Free Admission, Registration required

Cherry blossoms are symbols of beauty. They originated in Japan more than 2,000 years ago and can now be seen all over the world. But the role of sakura in Japanese history has been checkered and not always positive.

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Demonstration & Workshop, March 26, 2019

A Revolution in Movement:
The Traditional and Innovative World of Dance
Lecturer/Performer: Umekawa Ichinosuke

Monday, April 8, 7pm
Free Admission, Registration required

A demonstration of both classical Japanese dance and innovative unique “Buyo” will be given by Dance Master Umekawa Ichinosuke. In his performance, he will showcase the distinctive features and nuances of each dance move. Not only will participants witness two forms of art merge together, forming a cultural bridge between East and West, they will also be able to see the magical and musical flow of energy. At the workshop, Master Umekawa will show movements and techniques to master basic performance.

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Free Japanese Cinema Screening, March 08, 2019

Penguin Highway
(118mins, 2018)

Directed by Hiroyasu Ishida

Wednesday, April 10 @7PM
Free Admission, NO Registration REQUIRED

*Seating is on a first come first serve basis and subject to capacity. Please arrive early for best seating.

An animated sci-fi fantasy adapting Tomihiko Morimi's identically titled novel. Budding genius Aoyama is only in the 4th grade, but already lives his life like a scientist. He has a great rapport with The Lady at his dentist's office.


Shabutsu: Transcribing Buddha, March 05, 2019

in conjunction with the current exhibition "Myo-o In the Shell"

Tuesday, March 5 at 7pm
Free Admission This event is FULL

The Buddhist practice of Shabutsu, transcribing Buddha is a means of spreading the Buddha Way among people through transcribing. It is also a way of praying for the fulfillment of one’s greatest wish.  This workshop instructed by Rev. Shumyo Kojima from Zenshuji Soto Mission, Los Angeles doesn't require previous experience. All materials for Shabutsu includes the Myo-o drawings by artist Takuma Kamine from the current exhibition "Myo-o in the Shell".

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Japan-Mexico Bi-National Week 2019, February 26, 2019

March 13 - March 18
Various Locations
Admission: Free
Registration Required

The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles, The Consulates General of Mexico & Japan in Los Angeles cerebrate a week of Japan-Mexico cultural exchange events: On March 13, as an opening night, The Art of Shinzaburo Takeda (Documentary Screening & Lecture); on March 14, film screening of "Homie Kei"; on March 15, urban dance performance show featuring Hilty & Bosch and DJ Tianguis; and on March 18, as an closing night, Japan-Mexico Business Seminar.


Free Japanese Cinema Screening, February 26, 2019

(121mins, 2018)

Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda

Wednesday, March 27 @7PM
Free Admission, NO Registration REQUIRED

*Seating is on a first come first serve basis and subject to capacity. Please arrive early for best seating.

Drama interweaving emotional ties that transcend family, directed by Kore-eda Hirokazu. Won the Palme d'Or in competition at the 71st Cannes International Film Festival and nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards.


Sakura Matsuri 2019, February 25, 2019

(Cherry Blossom Festival)
Brand Park, Glendale (1601 West Mountain St., Glendale, CA 91201)
Sunday, March 17, 2019, 11am-4pm

This Event is FREE

March is Cherry Blossom Time in Japan and Los Angeles. The word “Matsuri” means joyful festival. Please join us, in conjunction with Friends of Shoseian, to enjoy a full day of many exciting activities, including: Taiko drums, tea ceremony, Awa Odori dance, music of Koto & Shamisen and Japanese food trucks!


JFLA Lecture Series: TAKARABUNE, February 21, 2019

Dancing Mavericks Change The World

Saturday, March 16, 2pm
japan house los angeles, Hollywood & Highland, Level 5
(6801 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles)
free admission, registration required

In this lecture, the members of Takarabune will share their life stories, their original inspiration behind becoming the first professional Awa-Odori dancers, how they maintain the delicate balance of keeping the tradition while breaking out of it, and most importantly, how they envision changing the world as ‘Dancing Mavericks.’ Toward the end of the lecture, the audience will be taught by the troupe how to move like mavericks and have crazy fun!

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Be a Voice Actor!: Challenge Yourself with Japanese Voice-Acting, February 21, 2019

thursday, February 21 @7pm
free admission
Both registration and WAITING LIST are full

Are you an anime or Japanese drama fan?   Have you ever wanted to try speaking the Japanese lines from actual scenes from the movies?  What techniques have professional Japanese voice actors used to bring out the rich emotion and personality in their on-screen characters?
Professionals will give you the chance to challenge yourself in the world of voice-acting using scenes from popular anime and drama and recording tools.  They will also tell you about the actual process of voice-acting and provide a comparative look between Japanese and American industries.  Be a voice-actor in Japanese!
*This workshop is targeted for Japanese language learners.

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Free Japanese Cinema Screening, February 21, 2019

Liz And The Blue Bird
(90mins, 2018)

Directed by Naoko Yamada

Wednesday, March 6 @7PM
Free Admission, NO Registration REQUIRED

*Seating is on a first come first serve basis and subject to capacity. Please arrive early for best seating.

Students and best friends Mizore Yoroizuka and Nozomi Kasaki prepare to play a complex musical duet, "Liz and the Blue Bird," for oboe and flute. Though they play beautifully together and have been friends since childhood, Mizore and Nozomi find that with graduation looming and the duet proving difficult, their friendship begins to buckle under the pressure.


JFLA Lecture Series 58, February 20, 2019

action in print: visual narrative in edo-period popular literature
Lecturer: Dr. ellis tinios

wednesday, february 20, 7pm
japan house los angeles
free admission, registration required

In this lavishly illustrated talk Dr. Ellis TINIOS will introduce illustrated popular fiction produced for a mass audience in Japan in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries—a varied body of printed material worthy of wider appreciation.


Awa-Hop, February 12, 2019

Witness Two Forms of Street Dance, Urban & Earthy, Collide at El Rey!

@El Rey Theatre (5515 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles)
Monday, March 18 @7PM (Door Opens @6PM)

Admission: FREE  *General ADMISSION,  All Ages

Registration Required

Awa-Hop is a dance performance show double-featuring the twin street dance unit from Japan, Hilty & Bosch and the Awaodori Entertainment Troupe, TAKARABUNE. Hilty & Bosch's phenomenal dance performances have astonished not only Japanese dancers but also dancers around the world. On YouTube, their videos have had over 35 million views, further increasing their popularity internationally. TAKARABUNE pushes the limits of Awaodori, a 400 year-old traditional art form. TAKARABUNE’s signature dance style is so aggressive and vigorous that it has been characterized as ‘dance beyond awaodori’.

Click Here to Watch Teaser Trailer!

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Takuma Kamine: Myo-o in the Shell, February 06, 2019

art exhibition
February 7 - March 9, 2019

When Takuma Kamine first encountered the images of Buddhist guardian deities as a child, he was filled with awe and fear. As a working artist now, Kamine has crystallized those initial emotions into figures which borrow elements from Japanese animation and comics.  The exhibition will feature a selection of Kamine’s sculptures including representations of the Five Great Wisdom Kings (J: Godai Myo-o) and of his drawings which include the Five and add three more to round out the Eight Great Wisdom Kings (J: Hachidai Myo-o) grouping.


Free Japanese Cinema Screening, January 30, 2019

Love at Least
(109mins, 2018)

Directed by Kosai Sekine

Wednesday, February 13 @7PM
Free Admission, NO Registration REQUIRED

*Seating is on a first come first serve basis and subject to capacity. Please arrive early for best seating.

Romance film adaptation of the novel from Akutagawa Prize-winning author Motoya Yukiko. Moving depiction of the growing distance between a woman dealing with isolation and a vacuous guy. Feature film debut from video director Sekine Kosai.


Free Japanese Cinema Screening, January 30, 2019

Isle of Dogs
(101mins, 2018)

Directed by Wes Anderson

Wednesday, February 27 @7PM
Free Admission, NO Registration REQUIRED

*Seating is on a first come first serve basis and subject to capacity. Please arrive early for best seating.

In this stop-motion-animated film from writer/director Wes Anderson, Isle of Dogs tells the story of ATARI KOBAYASHI, 12-year-old ward to corrupt Mayor Kobayashi. When, by Executive Decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump, Atari sets off alone in a miniature Junior-Turbo Prop and flies to Trash Island in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots.


Encore Screening, January 30, 2019

(98mins, 2018)

Directed by Mamoru Hosoda

Saturday, March 2 @1PM
Free Admission, NO Registration REQUIRED

*Seating is on a first come first serve basis and subject to capacity. Please arrive early for best seating.

2019 Academy Award Nominee for Best Animated Film, and the epic capstone of director Mamoru Hosoda’s career, Mirai is a sumptuous, magical, and emotionally soaring adventure about the ties that bring families together and make us who we are.


Encore Screening, January 17, 2019

Yoko the Cherry Blossom
(115mins, 2015)

Directed by Gen Takahashi

Saturday, January 26 @1PM
Free Admission, NO Registration REQUIRED

The inspiring true story of a rural Japanese high school teacher's lifelong quest to create the very first artificially pollinated hybrid cherry blossom, to fulfill a promise he made to his beloved students before they were sent off to the battlefields to fight in World War II.


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